Introduction to Mountainside, New Jersey
In the 17th and early 18th century, this region was part of the Elizabethtown Township. Mountainside separated from Westfield in 1895. Early settlers were primarily English and Dutch. On September 24th, 1895, the "Freeholders" voted to incorporate Mountainside, which was named because of its location near the Watchung Mountains. Joseph W. Cory was the first elected mayor of the town.
Mountainside and Nearby Attractions
- American Museum of Natural History
- Edison National Historic Site
- Edgemont Memorial Park
- Staten Island Botanical Garden
- New York Aquarium
- Turtle Back Zoo
Things To Do In Mountainside
The American Museum of Natural History, the Morris Plains Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum have artifacts of historical importance on display. Parks located nearby are the Cheesequake State Park, Old Troy County Park, and the Edgemont Memorial Park. These parks feature nature trails and offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. The Turtle Back Zoo, and the New York Aquarium are other popular destinations in the area.
Air transportation is available from the the Newark International Airport.
Mountainside Higher Education
Union County College, Kean University, Drew University, and Seton Hall University are close by.